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Chris Bartik

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How Automated Notifications Can Ease the Stress of Emergency Communication

By | Emergency Management

It’s hard to escape the debate about automation nowadays. We hear about a new case almost every day. McDonald’s is replacing their cashiers with kiosks; Amazon plans to man their warehouses with robots; self-driving cars are just around the corner. With equal frequency come the arguments for or against automation. We aren’t prepared for the fallout. It’s actually not a threat at all. It is a threat, but an exaggerated one.

One thing is for sure, though: automation is changing the way we live our lives. But should it change the way you communicate with your employees? Read More

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How Smartphones Can Save Lives

By | Safety and Security

In the event of an emergency, businesses need a quick and reliable way to notify their people and keep them safe. Whether your workers are disconnected from a physical office or you need to keep them informed during a critical incident, smartphones can help ensure employee safety.

Workers are rarely away from their phones, which transforms an everyday device into a life-saving tool. Every business could benefit from adopting an emergency notification system, regardless of whether their employees are in the office or out in the field. Read More

6 steps to an organized emergency

6 Steps to an “Organized” Emergency

By | Emergency Management

“Organized emergency” may seem like an oxymoron. Plenty of words come to mind when we think of emergencies, but “organized” is not typically one of them. For business emergencies though, it is critical that they are as organized as possible. To accomplish this, though, you need to know what steps to follow in an emergency.

When you are prepared, even an emergency can be orchestrated well enough to avoid chaos. One of the first things we’re told in a crisis is not to panic. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many people do. Just saying “Remain calm!” is not enough–you need to be able to execute your emergency plan with a level of precision and decisiveness that tells your people that they can trust you and your preparedness. Read More

How to Get Workers to Listen to Employee Communications

How to Get Workers to Listen to Employee Communications

By | Communications

Let’s admit it. We don’t always read everything corporate sends out. We are all bogged down with too many emails, voicemails we rarely hear, and well-meaning company newsletters that hardly get a look. No offense to the people who take the time to put them together, but we all have a lot to manage these days and kind of assume the critical stuff will get to us somehow.

What can a company do to improve employee communications open rates? Here are a few ideas to ensure you get your messages heard. Read More

Are You Doing Enough to Keep Your Lone Workers Safe?

By | Safety and Security

Lone Worker Safety – What Does it Mean?

Not every employee has the benefit of working with peers. Some are lone workers who do their jobs pretty much solo without coworkers or even supervisors nearby. Contractors, field workers, home health care nurses, social workers, realtors, and fleet drivers are just a few examples of lone workers. It is estimated that there are 53 million lone workers in Canada, the United States and Europe combined; a total of about 15 percent of the overall workforce. IDC estimates there are approximately 1.3 billion people who are considered mobile workers, many of whom work alone all or part of their day. Read More

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How Many Communication Channels are Enough for an Emergency Communications System?

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Emergency Notifications Then and now

If we are old enough, we can think back to the time when emergency notifications at work were fire alarms, overhead speaker alerts, and possibly a phone call with an automated message. These are also the days when most of us drove to work, stayed at the same desk at the same location for eight hours, then drove home. How many of us can say we follow this same nine to five, predictable schedule? Read More

Encouraging Employees to Become Brand Advocates

Encouraging Employees to Become Brand Advocates

By | Communications

You Have Brand Advocates at Your Fingertips

Workforce.com published an article this week titled “How Engaged Employees Can Help Protect Your Brand from ‘Fake News.’” The premise is that every employee can become a brand advocate and push out positive brand messaging via social media, a much more effective marketing tactic than most corporate marketing programs. The key is to equip employees with relevant, interesting, and thought-provoking information that is “safe” to share. Read More

The Easiest way to get Everyone on the Same Page

The Easiest Way to get Everyone on the Same Page

By | Communications

How Connected is Your Company?

When we talk about teamwork, collaboration, and office culture, we’d like to think we all work well together. Truth is, today’s workforce is highly mobile and often dispersed. Having everyone together under one roof is nearly impossible. How do you keep the small company feel, with the ideal flow of communication and sharing of knowledge, while still growing? You need software to bring people onto the same page. Read More

Key Emergency Notification System Features

Key Emergency Notification System Features You Need Now

By | Emergency Management

Finding the Right System

An emergency notification system is all you need to protect your employees, right? That can be easier said than done. If you’ve been relying on email or phones to inform and alert your employees, you have a little homework to do before you can choose the best emergency notification software for your company. There are many providers out there offering all kinds of features, capabilities, pricing, integrations, and promises, but which ones best fit your requirements? Read More